On this week's Front Page PM: the Murray State Racers lost their first game of the season last night, but it doesn’t take away from their record setting season, we’ll hear about another record setting basketball team from 60 years ago. Also, this week's Kentucky Legislative Round-Up, how insects cope with cold weather, and a look-back at the Battle of Fort Donelson 150 years ago.
(1.) KENNY COLSTON – This week in Frankfort legislators heard results of a lawsuit disputing legislative districts they discussed a bill to allow Amish buggy drivers the option of using reflective tape instead of triangular reflectors and continued the school dropout age debate. Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett about the happening in Kentucky’s State Capitol this week.
(2.) CUBA CUBS: The Murray State Racers may have lost to Tennessee State last night, ending it’s best start ever, but it isn’t an end to it’s story book season. And Amidst the basketball fever sweeping the Jackson Purchase, one area high school took time out to celebrate some former western Kentucky basketball greats. Sixty years ago, the Cuba Cubs, a small Graves County high school basketball team, took the Commonwealth by storm with an unlikely march to the state championship. Graves County Highs School celebrated that 1952 championship season during half time of a recent basketball game, and invited some of the players from that team to come and be honored. Gary Pitts attended the celebration, and sat down with the players to reminisce about their rise to glory.
(4) COLD BUGS -- We are in our first extended cold snap of 2012 following a warm couple of months. While the cold weather means layering your clothing to keep warm, it also to some has historically been a predictor for a normal spring insect population. Entomologist Doug Johnson from the University of Kentucky’s Extension office in Princeton joins me to dig into details of insect population predictors and their coping strategies during the cold months. Dr. Johnson thanks for being here, tell me can the warmer temperatures from January effect our insect population in the spring?
(5.) HIDDEN HISTORY OF W. KY -- The Battle of Fort Donelson took place near Dover, Tennessee 150 years ago. The battle lasted six days and ended in surrender to Union forces. Today, residents of Dover are commemorating that battle with a series of events. Rose Krzton-Presson visited Dover and spoke with community members about how the town's history has shaped what it is today.